The $40 x86 Arduino

There seems to be push for x86 based Arduino compatible boards. Not long ago Intel announced Intel Galileo board. Now there is a new $40 x86 Arduino. 86Duino is like bringing old Pentium II-class machine capable of running DOS, Windows, and Linux into the space of an Arduino.

The 86Duino Zero features an x86 Vortex86EX processor running at 300 MHz. This board also features 128 MB of RAM, 8MB of Flash and the usual compliment of Arduino pins in a Leonardo-compatible layout. There’s a lot of other stuff on this board for such a small size. The currently available 86Duino Zero boardset combines the Vortex86EX SOM-128-EX module with a baseboard that contains a few standard interfaces, plus Arduino compatible circuitry and expansion connectors.

Compared to the gigahertz-fast ARM boards around, the 86Duino isn’t really that fast. There’s obviously a market for extremely tiny x86 boards out there as evidenced by the Intel Galileo, and this board is $30 cheaper than the Intel’s offering.

Arduino compatible $39 SBC runs Linux on x86 article tells that Vortex86EX system-on-chip is available as part of a $39 “86Duino Zero” boardset that mimics an Arduino Leonardo, in a $49 “86Duino Educake” mini-PC, and will soon be available in a more I/O-rich, $69 “86Duino One” boardset.


  1. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Galileo Controlled Combination Lock Opener

    This senior project is a combination lock solver, powered by an Intel® Galileo Gen- 1 microcontroller board. The Galileo controls a stepper motor and solenoid for the lock manipulations and communicates with an Android App using a serial Bluetooth module

    The Galileo processes user information from the Android App to determine the possible lock combinations. Once the possible combinations are determined, the Galileo works its way through the possibilities by inputting them into the lock and checking for success until the lock is opened

  2. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Microsoft makes Raspberry Pi its preferred IoT dev board
    Intel’s Galileo scratched off Windows 10 ‘thing’ list

    A little over a year after Intel’s Galileo development board got its first taste of Microsoft Windows, Redmond has decided to pull the project.

    Chipzilla’s Raspberry Pi-like Galileo was anointed as able-to-run-Windows in August 2014, courtesy of the 1.0.2 firmware update for the Gen1 device. In the same month Intel launched the Gen2 board (which got its stripped-down Windows 8 version in October 2014).

    Microsoft was also handing out Galileo devices free to developers joining its Internet of Things program.

    Alas, there’s no weight-loss program good enough to fit Windows 10 IoT Core into the Galileo, so Redmond has set November 30 as end-of-life for the development boards.

    Raspberry Pi is the officially designated migration target: “Wiring support is now available on Windows 10 IoT Core running on Raspberry Pi 2. This allows you to migrate your existing Galileo projects to Windows 10 IoT Core”, the company notes.

    Will you continue to support the Windows Developer Program for IoT for Intel Galileo?

    No. We continue to focus on providing a great experience for Makers with Windows 10 IoT Core. While we’ve seen some fantastic innovation with the platform, unfortunately it does not meet the minimum hardware requirements for Windows 10 IoT Core.


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